London Fire Brigade

Bedtime routine

Many fire deaths happen at night when most people are sleeping

Working smoke alarms should wake you if a fire does break out but you can further reduce your risk by carrying out some simple checks before you go to bed.

  • Close inside doors at night to stop a fire from spreading
  • Turn off and unplug electrical appliances unless they are designed to be left on, such as fridges and freezers
  • Do not leave electrical appliances such as mobile phones and tablet computers charging overnight
  • Check your cooker is switched off
  • Don't leave the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher on
  • Turn heaters off, rake out fires and put a fire guard in place
  • Put candles, incense sticks and oil burners out and never leave them burning when you are asleep
  • Make sure cigarettes are completely out - it's best to wet them to be sure
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Make sure escape routes are clear of anything that could slow you down in an emergency
  • Keep door and window keys where everyone you live with can find them
  • Ensure mobility aids are close to hand for those who require them
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